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Chunky monkey ice cream


1 frozen banana*

¼ cup milk**

2 dates, pitted

1 tbsp raw cacao powder, or unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup pecans


Optional Toppings

Chopped pecans

Toasted coconut flakes




  1. Place the liquid in the blender first, then place everything else in the blender (not the optional toppings) and blend until smooth. I use my tamper to make sure everything gets pushed down. Remember, there is not a lot of liquid in this, so you will need to give the blender a little assistance.
  2. Scoop into bowls or glass cups and top with optional toppings.

Makes 2 servings (Note: The blender will blend better if you double the recipe and make 4 servings at a time, and you can freeze the servings you are not using. Simply put in serving dishes, cover and freeze.)

*When my bananas are on their last legs (lots of spots but not black), I cut them into pieces (about 6 pieces each banana) and place on a lined tray and throw in the freezer. When the pieces are frozen, I place them into bags, ½ banana servings. Then I can use them in smoothies or for this treat. Freezing them in ½ banana servings makes it very usable!

**May substitute non-dairy milk, almond or coconut beverage.

Note: Nutritional analysis does not reflect optional toppings.


About Carolyn Cohen

Carolyn Cohen, Natural Foods Chef, has owned and operated DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School for the last 15 years. DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School specializes in whole natural food HOME cooking, meal panning, and healthy eating. CAROLYN also owns DELICIOUSNUTRITION, a nutrition based culinary school specializing in holistic health and nutrition. Classes focus on clean-eating programs, superfoods and classes targeting specific health concerns and goals. Carolyn, is an Occupational Therapist by training who left her practice to pursue her passion - cooking. She started cooking at a very young age, and takes great pride in planning both simple, everyday meals and menus you can entertain with. Her informative and casual teaching style has inspired people to become great cooks and to enjoy being in the kitchen.

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